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Old 01-06-20, 08:49 AM
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The Outsider (HBO) - based on the Stephen King novel - S: Mendelsohn, Bateman - premieres 1/12/20







Based on the best-selling novel by Stephen King, The Outsider premieres January 12 at 9pm on HBO.

The 10-episode series follows police detective Ralph Anderson (Ben Mendelsohn), as he sets out to investigate the mutilated body of 11-year-old Frankie Peterson found in the Georgia woods. The mysterious circumstances surrounding this horrifying crime leads Ralph, still grieving the recent death of his own son, to bring in unorthodox private investigator Holly Gibney (Cynthia Erivo), whose uncanny abilities he hopes will help explain the unexplainable.

The cast includes Ben Mendelsohn, Cynthia Erivo, Bill Camp, Mare Winningham, Paddy Considine, Julianne Nicholson, Yul Vzquez, Jeremy Bobb and Marc Menchaca.


PRINCIPAL CAST INFORMATION:
Ben Mendelsohn as Ralph Anderson
Bill Camp as Howie Salomon
Cynthia Erivo as Holly Gibney
Jason Bateman as Terry Maitland
Jeremy Bobb as Alec Pelley
Julianne Nicholson as Glory Maitland
Marc Menchaca as Jack Hoskins
Mare Winningham as Jeannie Anderson
Paddy Considine as Claude Bolton
Yul Vzquez as Yunis Sablo

CREW INFORMATION:
Andrew Bernstein as EP
Ben Mendelsohn as PROD
Dennis Lehane as EP
Jack Bender as EP
Jason Bateman as EP/DIR (Pilot)
Marty Bowen as EP
Michael Costigan as EP
Richard Price as CRTR/EP
Stephen King as BOOK

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Re: The Outsider (HBO) - based on the Stephen King novel - S: Mendelsohn, Bateman - premieres 1/12/20

Wife and I saw the first two episodes via a preview at Alamo Drafthouse tonight. We both thought they were excellent and I'm very excited for the series. I'm not familiar with the source material so I have no real idea where it is going.
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Re: The Outsider (HBO) - based on the Stephen King novel - S: Mendelsohn, Bateman - premieres 1/12/20

I read the book and really enjoyed it, looking forward to the series. It starts this Sunday.
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Haven't read the Outsider yet, but Erivo is playing the same character Justine Lupe plays in Mr Mercedes.
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Premieres tonight.
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First TWO episodes air tonight.
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I thought it was a good start. Good direction by Bateman. It definitely has a True Detective feel, so I see why this ended up on HBO. Pretty grim stuff. I hope that the funeral home extends a further discount to the next of kin.
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I thought it was great. I read the book so I know exactly where this is going, and I kind of wish I didn't know. I can experience the surprises vicariously through my wife, who didn't read the book and is watching with me. She keeps asking me questions about the plot and I keep telling her not to ask me anything.
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The first episode was good but the second just became so convoluted. I hope this doesn't end up having some supernatural explanation for everything.

Was the DP on this the same on as for GoT's "The Long Night"? I could barely see anything.

Some things that were confusing to me:
Who was the guy that shot the teacher and others at courthouse?
Who was the guy that hanged himself?
Who is the boar hunter guy and what was he called in for?
Who is the hooded person lurking around?
Who was that with the clothes at the end?
Why does the lead investigator seem to mumble all his lines?
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Re: The Outsider (HBO) - based on the Stephen King novel - S: Mendelsohn, Bateman - premieres 1/12/20

Originally Posted by windom View Post

Some things that were confusing to me:
Who was the guy that shot the teacher and others at courthouse? The brother of the boy killed.
Who was the guy that hanged himself? The father of the boy killed.
The entire family was killed off because of what happened.
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The entire family was killed off because of what happened.
Ok, that's who I thought they were but I wasn't positive. What about the mom?
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The first episode was good but the second just became so convoluted. I hope this doesn't end up having some supernatural explanation for everything.
You do know who wrote the story, right?

Some things that were confusing to me:
Who was the guy that shot the teacher and others at courthouse? Brother of the boy killed
Who was the guy that hanged himself? Father of the boy killed and the boy who shot Maitland
Who is the boar hunter guy and what was he called in for? Police Detective who was on vacation. Had to be called in when the other detectives were put on leave - one for shooting the boy, the other for being shot (and having a baby)
Who is the hooded person lurking around? Who indeed? Keep watching.
Who was that with the clothes at the end? It's a mystery. Keep watching.
Why does the lead investigator seem to mumble all his lines?
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Originally Posted by windom View Post
The first episode was good but the second just became so convoluted. I hope this doesn't end up having some supernatural explanation for everything.

Was the DP on this the same on as for GoT's "The Long Night"? I could barely see anything.

Some things that were confusing to me:
Who is the boar hunter guy and what was he called in for? The only other detective in that law enforcement office. The pregnant detective was shot and Ralph was placed on leave after killing the kid.
Who is the hooded person lurking around? Not yet revealed.
Who was that with the clothes at the end? Those were the clothes that Terry Maitland appeared to have changed into at the Strip Club.
Why does the lead investigator seem to mumble all his lines? Unknown or not yet revealed.
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Ok, that's who I thought they were but I wasn't positive. What about the mom?
The mom had a heart attack after the funeral (when she was hitting everything in the house with a bat).
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Ok, that's who I thought they were but I wasn't positive. What about the mom?
She had a heart attack and died. That then set off the son to do the shooting, which then made the father kill himself.
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Also... that is just how Ben Mendelsohn talks with his American accent. He seems to have a slight speech impediment.
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Great first two episodes. Will have to read the book before the series ends.
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Re: The Outsider (HBO) - based on the Stephen King novel - S: Mendelsohn, Bateman - premieres 1/12/20

Good start, but I worry about future episodes. I felt the book started out as a great crime mystery, but about the time Maitland is killed is when the book went off the deep end and ultimately became the most disappointing King novel Ive read in years.
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Good start, but I worry about future episodes. I felt the book started out as a great crime mystery, but about the time Maitland is killed is when the book went off the deep end and ultimately became the most disappointing King novel I’ve read in years.
That's Stephen King for you.

I really liked these 2 first episode, and I haven't read the book, but based on Kings' previous work I'm guessing this will be a lot of awesome build-up, great atmosphere, interesting characters and then ... a stupid-as-fuck supernatural explanation, that turns all previous excitement into disappointment
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^ Folks should keep in mind that The Outsider exists in the Mr. Mercedes, Finders Keepers, and End of Watch universe. The Outsider is sort of the cousin to that series in that there may be some elements from that trilogy, including a character from the previews shown, in this series.

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First TWO episodes air tonight.
I didnt know that so actually watched second episode thinking it was the first one. It actually was still easy to follow and I thought they would reveal more of the investigation as the show went on but then I noticed that my DVR said I had watched Episode 2.

Didn't really affect my enjoyment it worked pretty well actually out of order.
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This was pretty solid, looking forward to see where it goes, not familiar with the king story at all...
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I read the book, but I have a terrible memory. I keep remembering what happens right before it happens on the show. Keeps it semi-fresh anyway I guess.
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Re: The Outsider (HBO) - based on the Stephen King novel - S: Mendelsohn, Bateman - premieres 1/12/20

I am liking it so far. Has certainly a similar feel to The Night Of. Clearly things have picked up since Erivo's character was added in Ep 3. I am curious to see where this goes.

How many episodes is this?
Edit : I see now. 10 Episodes. Wow, that is a lot more ground to cover for a show that already feels kinda slow. Hope the content can keep up a decent enough pace.
I read that Erivo's Character only shows up after the halfway mark in the book and they brought her in earlier in the series to liven things up.
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It was another tense episode. I'm not clear on the jail stuff that we were shown and assume that we just don't have all the details yet. I gathered that the guy who slit his own throat had killed a couple of kids at some point. I don't understand how it ties in to the Maitland case, though.

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